WFPHA Newsletter January 2014

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In this newsletter:

1.Health yesterday, today and tomorrow

2.Public Health in Todays' Global Setting

3.Job Share Program

4.News from our Members

5.WFPHA Member's communication

6.Members' Newsletter

7.WFPHA Working Groups

8.What's on

9.Conference&Committee Reports

10.Upcoming Events

11.Publications

12.Your Communications

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1.Health yesterday, today and tomorrow

As the world attention is pre-occupied with the articulation of the post-2015 development agenda, let us not forget progress made in eradicating extreme poverty under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the MDGs agenda still remain to be an unfinished business in many parts of the world. In the next two years it is crucial to accelerate our collective efforts where progress is lagging behind. Health is a fundamental area of the MDGs agenda and should be prominently featured in the post-2015 agenda.

In an era of social determinants and health equity, many of us in the health sector are worried about the trend in which we entirely focused on the health related MDGs (4,5, and 6), but the underlying factors include the state of being in poverty, the ability, means and access for education, our ability to integrate and mainstream gender, our ability to ensuring an environment that is clean, safe for all humanity as well as the very life support system for our existence – the condition in which the air we breathe, the land we cultivate on, the cities we live in are not a tower house for pollution, sickness and destruction.

None of these can be achieved without local, regional and global partnership, and requires a whole society and a whole government approach. What is the point of talking about health? The question is, do we value health and wellbeing of ourselves and our communities no matter where we live? If we value it then let us stop the talk and invest in health and create healthy society for today and tomorrow. As public health professionals and members of WFPHA, we all have an individual and collective responsibility in making our values a reality – saving lives and contributing to better health and wellbeing for all wherever they may be!

Mengistu Asnake - WFPHA Vice President/President Elect

2.Role of Public Health in Todays' Global Setting

The WHO and the WFPHA have jointly organized a consultation to define the role of Public Health in Today’s Global Setting.

The consultation has started via a Teleconference of an advisory group and will be now followed up by a DELPHI study.

The DELPHI study outcomes will be used to generate a first concept note to be further discussed and developed with the Director General of the WHO and at the 14th World Congress of Public Health in Kolkata, India, in 2015.

For more information, please contact the WFPHA headquarter or click here.

Obesity is a serious and costly health problem facing our nation. The number of kids and teens who are obese has nearly tripled in the past three decades, leading to a generation at risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other serious health problems. However, there is hope. For the first time in recent years, obesity rates have declined. Innovative public health approaches and partnerships are contributing to improved food choices and creating opportunities for physical activity, helping to curb obesity. We must continue to fund public health programs to ensure healthy futures for all of our nation’s children.

Share this infographic widely and use it as an example when talking to your members of Congress and other policymakers about the importance of strong public health funding.

Read Text Equivalent.

- See more at: http://action.apha.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Obesity_Infographic#sthash.UzwPzfBQ.dpuf

3.Job Share Program

In fall 2013, the World Federation of Public Health Associations in collaboration with Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) has launched the first pilot Job Share Program.

With the Job Share Program, the WFPHA supports associations in developing or strengthening the skills necessary to promote public health locally and worldwide, as well as in setting up global partnerships, through the exchange of capabilities and knowledge among public health professionals from different countries.

The Public Health Associations of Australia has kindly accepted to be the hosting country for 2014. The two selected candidates, Heya Yi - Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, and Binod Regmi - Nepal Public Health Association, will join the activities of PHAA for six weeks dealing with policy development, program management, field work etc.

 

4.News from our Members

APHA Infographic - Public health takes on obesity: A route to better health

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Obesity is a serious and costly health problem facing our nation. The number of kids and teens who are obese has nearly tripled in the past three decades, leading to a generation at risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other serious health problems. However, there is hope. For the first time in recent years, obesity rates have declined. Innovative public health approaches and partnerships are contributing to improved food choices and creating opportunities for physical activity, helping to curb obesity. We must continue to fund public health programs to ensure healthy futures for all of our nation’s children.

To see the infographic and get more information, click here.

Armenian Public Health Association

ArmPHAFounded in 1991 (registered in the Ministry of Justice in 1995)

Member of the European Public Health Association since 2006

ArmPH Association is a non-government organization, founded and operated in accordance with the laws and regulations of the Republic of Armenia. The main goal of the association is to protect and promote health of the Armenian population, as well as propaganda of a healthy life style. For achievement of these goals the association is working with governmental, non-governmental, national and international organizations. The goals and activities of the association are benevolent. The association is supporting the strengthening of the national health system by means of increasing the professional preparedness. The association has supported the health system in the process of multiple programs development and implementation:

  • The National Malaria Control Program: Malaria Control and Elimination;
  • Development of the National Surveillance System;
  • Development and Implementation of Information Technologies in Monitoring, Surveillance in the Health System;
  • The National Tobacco Control Program;
  • The National Immunization Program, etc.

ArmPHA was a co-organizer with the Ministry of Health of 9 congresses “Human Health” and 3 conferences  and published 12 monographs, manuals, etc.

ArmPHA has an experience of successful projects performance with WHO/Euro, WB, EU, UNICEF, GF “AIDS, TB, Malaria”, UNDP.

To see some photos of ArmPH Association activities, click here.

5.WFPHA Member's communication

47th WFPHA General Assembly

The General Assembly of the WFPHA is scheduled to take place on May 19th 2014 in Geneva and we would like to invite all associations Member to send a representative to attend this important meeting:

Sunday, 19th May 2013 – Graduate Institute

09:00 – 13:00

Geneva, Switzerland

The Agenda and relevant documents will be sent in April.

6.Members' Newsletter

Public Health Association of Australia: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh: Read the Newsletter

Brazilian Association of Collective Health: Read the Newsletter

Canadian Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

European Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Ethiopian Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Nepal Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

Netherlands Public Health Federation: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of New Zealand: Read the Newsletter

Nicaragua Association of Public Health: Read the Newsletter

Public Health Association of South Africa: Read the Newsletter

The Graduate Institute: Read the Newsletter

Tunisian Association for Health Promotion: Read the Newsletter

Vietnam Public Health Association: Read the Newsletter

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Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Read the Newsletter

7.WFPHA Working Groups

Oral Health Working Group

The Oral Health Working Group is preparing an on-line database focusing on Oral Health activities and publications. Oral and Public Health professionals are invited to send to M. Lomazzi their contributions.

8.What's on

WHO Executive Board - 134th session

The 134th WHO Executive Board meeting has been held in Geneva from 20 to 25 January 2014.

To read relevant documents, click here.

To read the Report by the Director-General to the Executive Board at its 134th session, click here.

World Oral Health Day

ORALDAYWorld Oral Health Day is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance to everyone, old and young, of practising good oral hygiene. Over 50 countries plan to celebrate World Oral Health Day on 20th March.

Over 50 countries plan to celebrate World Oral Health Day on 20th March - See more at: http://www.worldoralhealthday.com/over-50-countries-plan-to-celebrate-world-oral-health-day-on-20th-march-2014/#sthash.jEHSXRpL.dpuf

For more information, click here.

World Oral Health Day is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance to everyone, old and young, of practising good oral hygiene. - See more at: http://www.worldoralhealthday.com/over-50-countries-plan-to-celebrate-world-oral-health-day-on-20th-march-2014/#sthash.LLpUEPGJ.dpuf

9.Conference&Committee Reports

Reflections on the WISH

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Over 1000 invited participants from over 60 countries representing the clinical, health administration, academic, patient interests, disease/medical condition-related and public health communities convened in Doha, Qatar for the inaugural World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). This two-day event (December 10 and 11, 2013) sought to identify, explore and facilitate the adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for better and more effective health care around the world. The WISH was billed by its creators as the ‘Davos of healthcare’.

WFPHA was represented at the WISH 2013 by its President, Jim Chauvin.

For more information about the WISH 2013, click here.

To read Jim’s blog about the WISH 2013, click here.

10.Upcoming Events

2nd Arab World Conference on Public Health

dubai2Dubai Health Authority proudly announces the above conference to be held in Dubai again after the successful conference (1st Arab World Conference on Public Health held in April 2013).

The 2nd Arab World Conference on Public Health, promises to bring together leaders in public health from different Arab countries and as well as health experts across the globe to discuss achievements and success stories made in the region and how best to excel further, benchmarking other progressive nations.

Conference theme: Benchmarking Public Health Interventions in the Arab World: Are we up there?

For more information, click here.

5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health

apcph 2014 14 jpg1The 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health (APCPH 2014), hosted by the Korean Public Health Association, will be held at Seoul Olympic Parktel, in Seoul, Korea on April 10-11, 2014. A key issue of APCPH 2014 is “Health Asia – Multidisciplinary Approaches to Emerging Challenges”; public health experts and participants will have an extraordinary opportunity to meet, interact, and network with leading professionals from the government, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academic sectors of the region.

Important Dates

ŸAbstract Submission deadline: February 7, 2014

ŸEarly Registration deadline: February 28, 2014

ŸRegular Registration deadline: March 21, 2014

APCPH 2014 will grant a travel expense of an eligible abstract author. For application, abstract submitting is required.

For more information, click here.

For inquiry: 

Swiss Public Health Conference 2014

Conference theme: Public Mental Health

To be held in Olten, Switzerland, 21-22 August 2014.

For more information, click here.

APHA's 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition

APHA2014logo stackMEDAPHA's 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition was a resounding success, and we’re already looking ahead to our 142nd Annual Meeting (Nov. 15-19, 2014).  With more than 13,000 attendees and up to 1,000 presentations, we convene the most public health professionals from around the globe to network, discuss and share the latest in research and policy than any other event.

Submit an abstract - Deadline Feb. 10-14

Join us for a career-transforming and personally rewarding experience in New Orleans by submitting an abstract. Deadlines range from Feb. 10-14 depending on topic area. We welcome abstracts related to all areas of public health, including those that coincide with the 2014 theme "Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-being." You do not need to be a member of APHA to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST become an individual member of APHA and register for the Annual Meeting.

For more information, click here.

7th European Public health Conference

EUPHAThe European Public Health Association (EUPHA), the UK Society for Social Medicine and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) are pleased to invite you to the 7th European Public Health Conference.

The EPH Conference aims to contribute to the improvement of public health in Europe by offering a means for exchanging information and a platform for debate to researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in the field of public health and health services research as well as public health training and education in Europe.

Conference theme: Mind the gap: Reducing inequalities in health and health care

To be held in Glasgow, UK, 19-22 November 2014.

For more information, click here.

14th World Congress on Public Health

wfpha logosThe World Federation of Public Health Associations and the Indian Public Health Association have the pleasure to invite public health professionals to the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India, from 11-15 February 2015.

The Congress aims towards fostering the promotion of “Healthy People – Healthy Environment” and will bring together thousands of participants from a wide range of public health disciplines from many countries around the world.

The Call for Abstracts, International Online Registration and online Abstract Submission is now online.

For more information, click here.

11.Publications

WHO Public Health and Environment e-News: January 2014

The January issue of WHO Public Health, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health (PHE) e-News brings you the latest on:

- WHO EB discusses public health impacts of exposure to mercury and climate change

- Broadening perspectives beyond the health sector

- International consultation on workers’ health

- New publications on chemical safety

- Using evidence from GLAAS to formulate sanitation and water commitments

- Household water treatment and safe storage in West Africa

To download a printable copy of PHE e-News click here

Forum for Public Health in Southeastern Europe
A Handbook for Teachers, Researchers and Health Professionals

HEALTH: SYSTEMS - LIFESTYLE - POLICIES

Volume I, 2nd edition, ISBN: 978-3-89918-806-6; 455 pages
Editors: Genc Burazeri (Albania) and Lijana Zaletel Kragelj (Slovenia)
Assistant editor: Kreshnik Petrela (Albania)
To read the volume, click here.

HEALTH INVESTIGATION: ANALYSIS – PLANNING – EVALUATION

Volume II, 2nd edition, ISBN: 978-3-89918-807-3; 579 pages
Editors: Genc Burazeri (Albania) and Lijana Zaletel Kragelj (Slovenia)
Assistant editors: Kreshnik Petrela and Herion Muja (Albania)
To read the volume, click here.

Modern Teaching - Distance Learning

published by Jacobs Company on behalf of ASPHER.

To read the publication, click here.

12.Your Communications

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